The seventh seeded women's lacrosse team was eliminated from the 2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship with a 13-8 setback in the quarterfinals of the tournament at Deering Memorial Field on Tuesday evening.
The two teams battled back and forth early in the contest with Johnson & Wales holding the 4-3 lead on a goal by freshman Kayla Smith (Eastham, Mass.) with an assist to fellow rookie Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) with 13:22 left in the first half. St. Joseph's responded with a 4-0 run, capped by a free position shot from Lizzie Calnan for the 8-4 advantage with 2:37 remaining in the stanza. Knapp finished the scoring for the half, putting in an unassisted goal with just over a minute remaining to send the game into halftime with the Monks holding the 8-5 lead.
Johnson & Wales continued to chip away at the lead and closed the gap to 8-7 when Knapp scored her third goal of the game, this time with an assist to Smith with 23:49 left in the contest. Again, St. Joseph's responded with a 5-0 run to take the 13-7 advantage with 5:38 left in the contest. JWU junior Natalie DiCocco (Media, Pa.) cut the lead to 13-8 on an unassisted goal with 3:21 remaining, but it wouldn't be enough as St. Joseph's held on for the 13-8 victory.
Knapp had three goals and added a pair of assists for Johnson & Wales while Smith notched two goals and an assist in the setback for the Wildcats. Cassie Diplock led the way for St. Joseph's while Calnan also had a hat trick with three goals in the victory for the Monks.
Junior Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) made 13 saves in the loss for the Wildcats while Elizabeth Giacchino had 10 stops in the win for the Monks.
With the setback, JWU wraps up the 2014 campaign with an 8-9 record while St. Joseph's of Maine improves to 11-7 on the year and advances to the GNAC semifinals on Thursday when they'll host No. 3 Norwich.